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Jeff Whalen
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Jeff Whalen



Jeff Whalen is the director of Magnetics Corporation and the STEM Entrepreneur in Residence at the Florida State University Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship. He completed his bachelor of science in biochemistry in 2005 and his doctorate in inorganic chemistry in 2009, both at Florida State University. After completing his postdoctoral studies at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in 2012, he accepted a position on the research faculty, where he worked until 2019.

Jeff has started multiple companies over his 20-year entrepreneurial career and has executed federally funded projects with the State of Florida, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Jeff’s enthusiasm and passion surrounding learning and research have always been his platform for innovation, commercialization and the creation of educational content.


Panel Session: The future outlook for medical magnetic resonance imaging superconducting magnets enabled by new materials

New superconducting materials are constantly emerging as the entire world is pushing hard to discover, integrate and scale up superconducting magnet systems for medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. These new materials hold the promise of enabling helium-free MRI systems with potentially lower costs to manufacture and operate with increased reliability and resiliency.

The MRI research and development space is a unique field where the intersection of materials science and magnet technology are leveraged in tandem to produce a medical imaging solution that is simply unrivaled by other imaging technologies like X-rays, ultrasound and computerized tomography. Because the imaging quality and utility of MRI is the best amongst all other options, continual improvement in this field has the potential for very significant commercial disruption and economic gains in a rapidly increasing global market.

Moderator: Jeff Whalen
Panelists: Greg Boebinger, Director, MagLab
Ernesto Bosque, MagLab Scientist, Florida State University
Glenn Walter, Professor and Scientist, University of Florida, Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (AMRIS)
Scott Marshall, Senior Superconducting Magnet Systems Engineer, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

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